Boys soccer downed 4–1 by top-ranked St. Benedict’s Prep

By Michael Gorman

St. Benedict’s Prep, a private school in New Jersey, is the top-ranked boys soccer team in the country. So despite coming off of a hot streak, the Vikings were no match for St. Benedict’s Prep, falling 4–1.

The long-distance matchup has taken place for years now—coach Dave Greene always schedules St. Benedict’s as a way for the Vikes to face tougher competition than they would normally find in the county.

The 4–1 loss was the same score as the matchup last year, but represents a radical improvement from the 11–0 thrashing the Vikes received two years ago.

Keys to the game for the Vikes were pressure and hustle, forward Adam Deutchman said.

“We just hustled really hard the entire game,” Deutchman said. “We were physical, didn’t bunker in, and played them straight up.”

Defender Kevin Kaufman agreed, expressing that the Vikings played their best.

“We had the run of play quite a bit,” Kaufman said. “We felt proud after that game because we felt we had control over a lot of that game and so we think that, if they are number one, we are not far behind them.”

Forward Andreas Djurhuus continued his goal-scoring streak, and was close to a second score before an aggressive tackle in the box.

The Vikings will try to get back on track Monday at Churchill.